Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Christian Cruise Control

"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures."
2 Peter 3:16 (NKJV)

On a recent trip I took through several states in the USA, I rented a car that had cruise control, as most cars do today.  As I drove along, I would get up to the speed limit and then set the cruise control.  What I noticed was that some cars passed me but I later caught up to them and passed them.  Other cars were going much slower than I was but when I got close to them they would then increase their speed.  For me this was all very odd but it made me think of a spiritual comparison and how so many people are not stable in life, they are always up and down.  It seems like what they need is some Christian cruise control.

If we base our Christian life on circumstances, our feelings, what other people say, the current economic or political situation and so on, we will not have a steady, stable life.  If we choose instead to live our Christian life based on what God has said in His Word, then no matter what we face in life we will continue on the right path unhindered by the different things that could possibly get us off our course.  The only way to have a steady stable life based on God's Word is to know God's Word and put it into action in our life.

So many Christians don't seem to know a lot about the Bible, and this is definitely a problem.  Often people just rely on what they hear in church for their spiritual nourishment.  While I am certainly not against good churches that teach the truth of God's Word, every Christian needs to take some time each day to read and study the Bible.  There is no substitute for our learning God's Word and making it the basis for what we do, think, and say every day.  By doing this we are setting our Christian cruise control for success and we will live the kind of life that God has planned for us.

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